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Diet may be important in the management of psoriasis. Researchers have recommended antioxidants, beta-carotene, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc as nutritional factors that may play a role in the prevention and management of psoriasis. In addition, since copper metabolism may be influenced by zinc intake, it is important to also consume foods rich in copper. Fortunately, zinc food sources also provide copper. There is some evidence that a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in animal protein may be helpful. Since a low fiber diet and psoriasis have been associated with toxins in the gastrointestinal tract, a fiber-rich diet is recommended. Dietary fiber is essential in maintaining a healthy colon; fiber helps bind bowel toxins and eliminate them in the feces. Soluble fiber, such as psyllium, pectin, and guar gum, is especially useful in binding toxins.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

flaxseed oil
The red, itchy patches of psoriasis often respond to the essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil, which have anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties.
Leading Food Sources of flaxseed oil: Oil, flaxseed

folic acid
Folate is important in the management of psoriasis. Some studies have suggested that folate may be deficient in people with psoriasis, so consumption of folate-rich foods is recommended.
Leading Food Sources of folic acid: Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Spinach, Avocados, Bok choy, Soybeans, Chick-peas, Beans, dried, Cabbage, Savoy, Turkey, Peas, fresh, Oranges, Lentils

omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids may be important in the prevention and management of psoriasis. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential in the regulation of prostaglandins and may reduce the inflammation associated with psoriasis. Observational studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids tend to have lower rates of psoriasis. Study results have been mixed, but one British study found that people who ate 5-1/2 ounces of fatty fish daily experienced some improvement in psoriasis symptoms. Examples of fatty fish that are also high in omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, salmon, sardines, and herring.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Trout, Tuna

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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